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Business Professor Selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Kenya

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'20

Josey Chacko in classroom

Josey Chacko, Ph.D., associate professor in the Mount St. Mary’s University’s Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business, has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Kenya. He will spend six months of the 2024-25 academic year at the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM).

Josey ChackoChacko’s award comes as Kenya begins a nationwide change in pedagogy. Over the next few years, the country’s educational system will shift from an academic focus to a competency-based curriculum. Chacko, who grew up in Kenya and attended school there, is looking forward to being a part of the educational changes taking place.

His teaching at TUM will focus on supply chain management. “The Fulbright award will allow me to collaborate with, support, and learn from my colleagues at the Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya,” he said. Chacko will also use the time to further his research at the Mount.

“During my time at TUM, I will also work with my colleagues at the business school [at the Mount] on a faculty workshop on integrating generative artificial intelligence (AI) into pedagogy and classroom administration,” Chacko added.

He also looks forward to the cultural exchange that is a part of the U.S. Scholar Program. As a visiting professor, he will have the opportunity to share more about life and higher education in the United States, as well as bring home what he’s learned at TUM to the Mount.

The program will “prime me toward a more inclusive pedagogy that is informed by the teaching experiences in Kenya as well as the unique supply chain structures and systems in Kenya,” he noted. His long-term career goals include supporting student exchange programs with Kenya, enabling him to continue to be involved in Kenyan education.

Chacko shared that his goal from the start was to spend time studying and researching in Kenya, and this was the only Fulbright location he considered.

He expressed his gratitude to his family and Mount colleagues for the immense support he received during the months-long application process. Fulbright offered “multiple seminars, discussions, trainings and opportunities for one-on-one discussions” to applicants. The in-depth applications involve several essays and a personal statement.

“Nicole Patterson in the Grants office was instrumental in this application. She critiqued my essay drafts, helped me to keep on target, and was a constant source of encouragement,” he shared.

“My project statement and essays also benefited from the feedback I received from several of my Mount colleagues, including Dr. Patrice Flynn, Dr. Jamie Gianoutsos, Dr. Ray Speciale, Dr. Solomon Tesfu, Dr. Barrett Turner and Dr. Bryan Zygmont. That’s what makes the Mount a special place to work, this awesome community we have.”

Professor of Global Business and Economics Patrice Flynn, Ph.D., and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Bryan Zygmont, Ph.D., are previous Fulbright Scholar awardees. Flynn spent the Spring 2019 semester at South Ural State University working with Russian scholars to develop teaching materials for their business, finance, economics and management programs. While serving as an assistant professor of art history at Clarke University, Zygmont taught American studies in Poland in 2013.

Fulbright U.S. Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals teaching or conducting research in affiliation with institutes abroad. Fulbright Scholars engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms,
they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided over 400,000 talented and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research abroad.

Fulbrighters exchange ideas, build people-to-people connections, and work to address complex global challenges. Notable Fulbrighters include 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 80 MacArthur Fellows, 41 heads of state or government, and thousands of leaders across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Over 800 individuals teach or conduct research abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. In addition, over 2,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program participants—recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals—participate in study/research exchanges or as English teaching assistants in local schools abroad each year.

Fulbright is a program of the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. government. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education implements the Fulbright U.S. Student and U.S. Scholar Programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit https://fulbrightprogram.org.

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'20